Black & Gold Bullets

Monday's Crew headlines following the weekend loss to New England

The Black & Gold fell to the New England Revolution on Saturday by a final of 3-2 – mathematically eliminating them from MLS Cup Playoffs contention. The Crew provided a valiant effort in the contest as it stormed back to tie the game not once, but twice in the second half after trailing 1-0 at the break following tallies from Dominic Oduro and Aaron Schoenfeld.  With the team officially out of the postseason picture, the Crew still has much to play for as Andrew King of MLSsoccer.com points out as it will look to spoiler and ruin New England’s playoff chances on Sunday at Crew Stadium.

Next Wednesday, the U.S. Women’s National Team will call Crew Stadium home as it takes on New Zealand in an international friendly. As the team prepares to embark on its journey to the 2015 FIFA World Cup, many questions still exist surrounding what Head Coach Tom Sermanni’s defense will look like. Jeff Kassouf of NBC’s Pro Soccer Talk looks at the ‘unknowns’ of the USWNT defense and profiles the possible lineups Sermanni might role out against New Zealand next week.

In recent months, Major League Soccer has taken great strides in trying to bridge the gap between their homegrown talent and foreign-born players competing abroad with programs such as their assistant coach licensing partnership with the French Football Federation. Leander Schaerlaekens of FOXsoccer.com discusses the United States’ attempt to put ‘brains over brawn’ when it comes to developing the complete, technical athlete.